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Friday again! BTW, it would be totally fine with me if this rain would stop now.. no, really. :/
Thursday, 23-March-2017 16:19:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Here's a quick snapshot of what people are up to in our Photography Gallery forum.
Thursday, 23-March-2017 15:44:40 (GMT +10) - by Agg
It looks like online poker will be banned in Australia soon. "The original 2001 law was meant to stop online gambling of many kinds, but it didn't, there was a loophole. There is quite an active online poker community in Australia. I don't think it will succeed for those really determined. If you have a [virtual private network] or offshore account, you will still play. It's a stupid situation to be in," he said. More coverage here and here. Discussion here.
OCInside report from CeBIT 2017 in Germany. CeBIT 2017 Hanover computer fair report with new water- and air coolers, cases, motherboards, graphics cards, power supplies, SSDs, drones, 3D printers and more. The CeBIT 2017 in Hanover, Germany again showed a lot of interesting products. The OCinside.de CeBIT 2017 report shows with more than 200 images and a short video an overview of new IT products.
Here's a strange one from aftahours, Google removing some tab closing functions from Chrome. Chrome engineers are planning to remove two options from Chrome that allow users to quickly close a large number of tabs with just a few clicks. The options, named "Close other tabs" and "Close tabs to the right" reside in the menu that appears when a user right-clicks on a Chrome tab. The menu options have existed in Chrome since its birth and were inspired by options introduced in the Firefox browser a few years back.
There's a World Science Festival underway in Brisbane at the moment, thanks aftahours. Lots of activities and giveaways, it seems.
|Wednesday Afternoon Reviews
Wednesday, 22-March-2017 14:59:19 (GMT +10) - by Agg
Motherboard & CPU:
Benchmarks Of Many ARM Boards From The Raspberry Pi To NVIDIA Jetson TX2 on Phoronix.
ASRock X370 Taichi (AMD X370) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
Z270/Z170 Motherboard Charts: 26 Models tested - Supermicro C7Z270-CG on OCAholic.
ASUS ROG Crosshair VI Hero (AMD X370) Motherboard on Tweaktown.
UE BOOM 2 "Reka One - Lost Time" Edition speakers on TechPowerUp.
Rowkin Bit Stereo Bluetooth Headset on TechWareLabs.
EKEN H8 Pro 4K Action Camera on ModSynergy.
HyperX Revolver S headset on Vortez.
V-MODA Forza Earphones on APHNetworks.
Silverstone ES02-USB 2.4GHz Wireless PC Remote Control Kit on Modders-Inc.
GAMDIAS Hermes RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on TechARP.
Das Keyboard 4 Professional on TechPowerUp.
ROCCAT Skeltr Gaming Keyboard on ThinkComputers.
Cougar Minos X3 mouse on Vortez.
HAVIT HV-KB389L RGB Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on NikKTech.
be quiet! PURE BASE 600 Mid-Tower on Tweaktown.
be quiet! Pure Base 600 on OCAholic.
TRENDnet TEW-827DRU AC2600 StreamBoost MU-MIMO WiFi Router on NikKTech.
Portable & Prebuilt:
Amazfit Pace GPS Smartwatch Review: Sleek, Attractive, And Great Battery Life on HotHardware.
Lenovo Yoga Book on PC Perspective.
IQI i3 Android Smartwatch on MadShrimps.
Mass Effect: Andromeda Graphics Performance Tested on TechSpot.
Mass Effect: Andromeda benchmarked on GTX 1080 Ti on Tweaktown.
Silverstone SST-SF02 Noise Absorbing Foam on Modders-Inc.
OPSEAT Master Series Gaming Chair on LanOC.
Corsair Vengeance RGB DDR4 on Guru3D.
|Motherboard Reviews from the Forums
Tuesday, 21-March-2017 00:07:17 (GMT +10) - by Agg
OCAU forums member "headin2001" is becoming quite a prolific reviewer - this month he's taken a look at two motherboards for Intel Kaby Lake CPUs. They're hugely detailed reviews, well worth highlighting on the news page - so, enjoy!
With the 2017 motorsport season officially underway, Tony_L let me know he has created a 2017 Motorsport Calendar over in the Wiki.
The game Outlast 2 has been refused classification in Australia, essentially banning it. That's not necessarily the end of the road for Outlast 2, though. In its report, the Board noted that it "is of the opinion that without the depiction of implied sexual violence listed above, the game can be accommodated within the R18+ classification." That means that if Red Barrels is willing to change that scene, it could resubmit the game for classification and possibly get it to market.
Seagate have some 12TB Enterprise HDDs. Seagate has introduced its second-generation of helium-filled HDDs. These drives will be aimed at capacity-demanding enterprise and cloud applications, and the new drives store up to 12 TB of data. The new drive uses eight platters, which is more than the first generation model, but its power consumption remains below typical air-filled HDDs. The new capacity point from Seagate should enable customers to increase the amount of data they store per standard rack by 20% when compared to previous-gen models.
Intel meanwhile have some new Optane SSDs. A year and a half after first publicly unveiling their new 3D XPoint non-volatile memory technology, Intel is launching the first product incorporating the new memory. The Intel Optane SSD DC P4800X is an enterprise PCIe 3 x4 NVMe SSD that Intel promises will be the the most responsive data center SSD with lower latency than all of the fastest NAND flash based competitors. More coverage on TomsHardware, HotHardware, TechReport, Tweaktown, and PC Perspective.
PC Perspective also look into improving thermal performance of Kaby Lake CPUs. While there is risk inherent in tinkering with the heat spreader and die of the Kaby Lake processor, the use of a delidding device like the RockIt 88 De-Lid Kit reduces the potential for damage significantly over other delidding methods (such as the vice method explored in the previous article). The temperature decrease from simply cleaning and reapply high performance thermal paste to the die to heat spreader interface was significant enough to remove a stability factor from overclocking. There's a de-lidding guide in our Intel Hardware forum, too.
Microsoft seem to be forcing Ryzen owners to Windows 10, by blocking updates to Windows 7 and 8.1. A recently published Knowledge Base article suggests that Microsoft is going to block Windows Updates for owners of the latest Intel and AMD processors if they try to run Windows 7 or 8.1. Last year, Microsoft announced a shift in the way it would support Windows. Going forward, new processors, including Intel's Kaby Lake and AMD's recently-released Ryzen, would require the newest version of Windows. Users of Windows 7 and 8.1 would be out of luck, with Microsoft having no plans to support the new chips on the old operating systems.
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